October Newsletter

posted Oct 22, 2013, 7:40 PM by Maryann Stradczuk   [ updated Oct 22, 2013, 7:42 PM ]

Every month I reflect on the things we’ve talked about and done in the previous month.  Every month I think, “Boy, we’ve been busy!”  This month is no different.  Saturday’s Book Sale was a nice success.  Sue Haulotte and her team did a great job!  We had so many books donated!  It looks like this will be an ongoing fundraiser, so please save your books for Columbiettes.  Ceil Roberge mobilized Jewett City Savings Bank to bring their book in for our sale as well.  What a great idea!!

The Poinsettia Sale is in full swing.  Please ask those you come in contact with to buy their poinsettias from us.  Our poinsettias are locally grown and we are selling them for $15 each.  There’s more information on the Poinsettia Sale page.  Kathy Kral has more forms, if you need them.  Remember that the poinsettia sale ends after our November meeting.  This gives Kathy a chance to compile all of the information and order the poinsettias.  Please bring your completed forms and payments to the meeting.  

The commercial dishwasher project is moving forward.  Our Knights have the dishwasher from their building and have given us permission to use it.  Sam Deojay will check it out for us to see what condition it is in and also has agreed to modify one of the kitchen cabinets to accommodate it.  It will be so nice to be able to use real plates!!  

Join me in wishing a very happy birthday to Dorla Barres (10/26), Claire Hull (10/12), Paula Nowakowski (10/18), Vicki Rosich (10/21)!!   

We have a PayPal account!  We will be using this to allow people to pay and donate on our website.  By using PayPal, we don’t have access to any credit card information.  There is a fee for using the service, so we still prefer cash or checks.  I pretty close to us having “Donate” and “Pay Now” buttons on the website.  One day we will be all grown up!

Fr. Ted has scheduled a Cleaning Day at the Parish Center on Saturday, 11/2 - 9:00am-noon.  If you’ve looked around at all, you probably noticed that there’s a lot of work to be done.  Please consider this very worthy project.  When we did the cleanup at the church this summer, I was very proud to see that most everyone participating were Columbiettes.  We accomplished so much!!!  The Parish Center needs the same purging treatment.  We also need storage for the plethora of items that are donated to us.  My garage is bursting at the seams, and I'm not the only one storing Columbiettes items.  

This month's 4th Friday Movie Night will be this Friday, October 25th.  The movie is Hocus Pocus (of course - 'tis the season).  Come on out for some fun!  

We had a really nice turnout for the Tri-Parish Pot Luck on Sunday.  The food was so good and everyone had a wonderful time!  On a personal note, thanks to everyone (you know who you are) who made food that I could eat!  I have never been to a Pot Luck that I enjoyed the food so much!!  Our social events are a great time for many of us to get to know one another better.  And isn't that the very definition of community??  Okay, there was a little communication problem and we didn't actually have bingo.  But we did run a 50/50 raffle that netted a $28 prize for one lucky diner.  Then we drew tickets for the prizes.  Even yours truly came away with a lovely gift!  Jo Ann Rowley and I spent some quality time chatting with Cathy Becotte from St. Thomas'.  She is working on starting a ladies group at their parish and we have offered our assistance.  After all, this is something we're pretty familiar with!  If it comes to involve the Columbiettes at large, more information will follow.  

Check out the events page for our upcoming Christmas Bazaar.  We have 15 vendors and have closed sign ups, but will have a wait list in case someone bails.  Our various committees are working hard behind the scenes to put together a great event!  Flyers were sent home this weekend to all CCD students and teachers.  Vicki Rosich has papered the town with flyers.  Claire Hull will try to have our little event mentioned in the Norwich Bulletin.  Paula Nowakowski will try to have our event on Griswold TV.  Janice Steinhagen has been chosen to have our event in the Reminder (sorry Janice, you weren't at the meeting).  If you have been working on crafts to donate, please bring them to the November meeting.  We will be setting up Thursday night (12/5) beginning at 6:00pm.  

Fr. Steve mentioned that he expects to run Eucharistic Minister training very soon.  If you have been considering this ministry - even if you just want to bring the Eucharist to the sick - let Fr. Steve know.

Do you know of any local foundations offering grants?  I had the form for the Jewett City Savings Bank foundation, but at the time I didn't think we qualify.  Many foundations and matching gift programs have a restriction on donations to religious organizations that focus on their own community.  We do, however, support a program that helps handicapped people all over Connecticut - Campership!  If you are not familiar with this, the State Columbiettes sponsor this program that helps send handicapped children and adults living at home to summer camp.  This allows the families to have a much needed break.  This is a very worthy program that will be available to some of our own parishioners, now that we know about it.  So if you know of any Connecticut foundations offering money to support local projects, please keep the Campership Program in mind.  We will speak more of it at the November meeting.

Please keep an eye on this website from time to time.  I edit events as new information comes available.  I constantly update the calendar to reflect our events and other church events.  If you have any suggestions, please let me know!

Our November meeting will be Monday, November 4th at 7:00pm.  We are expecting visitors.  Come at 6:00pm for Social Hour!  I look forward to seeing you there.

-  Maryann